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James Erwin Cunningham
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1809
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1891
Mansfield
De Soto Parish
Louisiana, USA

James was born in Buncombe Co., NC and was the son of Humphrey Cunningham and Margaret Patton of Bedford Co., TN. His grandfather was George Cunningham of Macon County, NC, a Soldier of the American Revolution.
He married Nancy Ellzey and Susan Leach. James lived in Bedford Co., TN, Lawrence Co., AL and Pike Co., MS before moving to DeSoto Parish in 1841.
He became the first Deputy Sheriff of DeSoto Parish on June 17, 1843. In 1843, he served as Tax Assessor and Collector. He served also as a Constable in DeSoto Parish. In 1855, he became the 5th Mayor of Mansfield.
He is buried beside his wife Nancy but only the footstone is legible. All engraving on his headstone has secumbed to the elements, having been on the ground facing the sky for what appears to be many years. Only the Mason emblem survives. His children and grand children are buried around him. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Humphrey Cunningham (1777 - 1836)
  Margaret Patton Cunningham (1780 - 1847)
 
 Spouses:
  Nancy Ellzey Cunningham (1802 - 1873)*
  Susan E Leach Cunningham (1841 - 1903)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Patton Cunningham (1832 - 1860)*
  William Newton Cunningham (1836 - 1909)*
  Mary Margaret Cunningham Jackson (1838 - 1865)*
  James Erwin Cunningham (1876 - 1945)*
  Julia A Cunningham Parker (1878 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Patton Cunningham (1806 - ____)*
  James Erwin Cunningham (1809 - 1891)
  John Washington Campbell Cunningham (1812 - 1855)**
  Margaret M Cunningham Brown (1817 - 1888)*
  Josephas Aaron Cunningham (1822 - 1880)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Mason emblem and foot stone has JEC.
 
Burial:
Mansfield Cemetery
Mansfield
De Soto Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Charles E. Carroll
Record added: Dec 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32106387
James Erwin Cunningham
Added by: Charles E. Carroll
 
James Erwin Cunningham
Added by: Charles E. Carroll
 
James Erwin Cunningham
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- Janie Wilcoxon Allen
 Added: Jul. 20, 2012
To My Simril Family Connection
- Lanie
 Added: Jul. 23, 2011

- Charles E. Carroll
 Added: Dec. 10, 2008
 
 
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